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The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology is an exchange destination for Utrecht University students of the faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences in Hong Kong, China.

Academic calendar

Semester I: September – December
Semester II: February – May

Application deadline
Semester I: 15 April
Semester II: 30 September

Areas of study open to exchange students

Social Sciences

Language of instruction


Housing assistance

For information about accommodation:

Estimated living costs per month

On/ Off campus housing: HKD 5,600‐9,500 (for a
semester); Rent: HKD 3,000‐7,000 (per month)
Food: HKD 2,000‐3,000 (per month)
Transportation: HKD 1,000‐2,000 (per month)
Entertainment: HKD 1,000‐3,000 (per month)
Books: HKD 1,000‐1,500 (for a semester)


Normal study load per term in credits:
Minimum credit per term is 12 and maximum credit load is 18.

0.5 HKUST credit is equivalent to 1 ECTS credit. 

Grading system:
Grades range in equal increments from A+ to F*, with F carrying zero credit.

Marginal pass: D

For details, please look here.

Number of places available

4 places per year

More information

More information about studying abroad: in Dutch and in English.

Or contact the International Office:

International Office of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Visiting address: Sjoerd Groenman building
Padualaan 14, 3584 CH Utrecht

Tel: +31 (0)30 253 3659

Walk-in Office Hours (max. 5 min a person)

Only for short questions and handing in documents.
Location: Information Desk STIP, ground floor, Sjoerd Groenman building

Monday: 2 pm - 3 pm.
Tuesday: 12 pm - 1 pm
Thursday: 11 am - 12 pm

Please note: The International Office is closed from 29 July to 16 August.

Office Hours by appointment

Appointments can be made via email: (please, add your phone number).

Tuesday: 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Thursday: 11 am - 12 pm


Bart Weerdenburg (Coordinator International Relations)
Present: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

Nicole van den Hoeven-Sneijder (International Officer)
Present: Monday and Thursday

Loes van Velzen (International Officer)
Present: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Tessel Arendsen (International Officer)
Present: Tuesday and Wednesday

International office of Utrecht University

For questions about universitywide programmes, contact one of the University International Office employees.